Performances Are FREE!

Friday, December 6, 2019 – A night with Donald Davis, Story Unplugged, 7:00 p.m. – Also enjoy the youthful voices of our Youth Storytelling Contest winners as they open up the preview performance.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Storytelling Community Performances 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – Enjoy a real festival atmosphere as two performances take place simultaneously at each scheduled time slot. There’ll be something for all ages.

7:00 p.m. – “Grand Finale” An evening performance of storytelling for a family audience featuring all of our tellers.

All of our community performances will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, 800 West Texas Avenue, Midland, TX 79701


Has it been over 27 years already? There is no truer example of the adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Who knew in 1992 that something Dr. Patty Smith introduced as a spark to the MISD curriculum would even be around all this time? Not only did it survive, but it thrived and became a model for other festivals throughout the country.
“The Midland festival is the national model for storytelling applied to education.” Jimmy Neil Smith, Founder and President/CEO – International Storytelling Center,Jonesborough, Tennessee

What we discovered over the years is that story isn’t just for children/students – but the oral tradition of sharing a story draws us all together. Because of the excellence of the story presentation offered, residents of Midland and the surrounding areas have come to expect and anticipate that each year in December we will get to enjoy one of the most well respected and longest existing festivals in the country. We’ve been drawn together to experience the warmth of stories that remind us of how much we have in common and we reminisce and delve into memories often long-forgotten that make us smile.

The Board of Directors of the Midland Storytelling Festival would like to say “THANK YOU” to every sponsor and donor. There is no way it could happen without each of you who support this type of family-oriented entertainment. Your warm smiles and continued enthusiastic response and attendance is what encourages us to do it again and again. The story continues and each one of you – friends – are a part of it. Thank you so much.